“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”
We had been in Toronto hosting a conference. After it was over, Marvin continued on to Orlando and I travelled home by myself. I usually travel quite light, but this time I had my computer and printer with me. At? the Vancouver airport, after getting my luggage, I stood at the curb waiting for the? Park & Fly? shuttle. When it arrived, I had a hard time undoing the belt on the suitcase so I could remove my garment bag to carry them on the shuttle. The driver (who happened to be a woman) was impatient with me and carried one of them. She remarked to the other passenger, “They women) always bring more clothes than they can use.”
Instead of laughing at this remark, I became defensive. She had made a wrong judgement call and insulted me in the process. I told her, “I happen to have a printer and computer in the suitcase.”
She just said, “Oh, do you?”
I said nothing more.
When we arrived, I told her I would carry my own luggage, thank you! She got off the shuttle and apologized for offending me, but my pride, standing in the way, did not want to forgive her.
While driving home, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my pride and I confessed my knee-jerk reaction and claimed His forgiveness and cleansing (it’s no fun being upset).
When, during my hour-long trip home, my pride would lift its’ ugly head again I would confess again and claim His peace and joy. You see, I do not want to be known as a self-centered woman – thinking only of herself and clothes. But one little remark by a bus driver showed me how self-centered I am.
We all sin and when we sin, we often excuse it rather than admit it. It can be little things like a disagreement with your spouse or co-worker or maybe a slow driver.
Have you been there lately? It is easy to admit it (instead of rationalizing it), confessing it and claiming God’s cleansing and forgiveness. If that is where your attitude is right now, take time and admit it and confess it.
Father, thank You for your Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sin and gives us the will to confess it so we can embrace Your love and forgiveness. Amen.
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